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    Traveller health and COVID-19 update

    Here's what you need to know about medical insurance, pharmacies and health care

    GOOD TO KNOW

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    Medicines should be carried in original, labelled containers with a prescription or doctor's letter.
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    As on any holiday, it is advised to purchase travel insurance before travelling.
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    There are no Covid-19 travel conditions to visiting the island of Ireland, regardless of what country you live in, or your vaccination status.
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    Most pharmacies operate between 9am and 6pm but some open late and on weekends.
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    EU members should bring a European Health Insurance card (EHIC) which covers most medical care.
    Before you travel

    There are no COVID-19 travel restrictions to visiting the island of Ireland, regardless of your vaccination status or proof of recovery. You do not have to complete a Passenger Locator Form. No other vaccinations are required for travel to the island of Ireland.

    If you develop or have symptoms of COVID-19, it is advised that you should continue to self-isolate. It is also advised that you wear a face mask on public transport and in healthcare settings, but it is not a legal requirement.

    For further information, please visit the Irish Government website or the Northern Ireland Government website. 

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    Healthcare in Ireland

    Ireland has great healthcare, but there are a few things to keep in mind before you go. If you’re bringing medicines with you into Ireland, carry them in their original, clearly labelled container, along with your prescription or a letter from your doctor.

    It’s a rule of thumb that anything over a three-month supply of medicine will be questioned and any “controlled drugs” as well as any syringes or needles, should be declared and explained in a letter from your doctor.

    Travel and medical insurance

    You should always obtain travel insurance to cover any potential overseas medical costs including medical repatriation/evacuation, repatriation of remains and legal costs, before you travel. Be sure to check for any exclusions that might affect your policy and that it covers all the activities you plan on doing in Ireland, and make sure that your travel insurance has medical cover. If you’re a member of the 28 EU countries or Iceland, Lichtenstein, Norway and Switzerland, bring a European Health Insurance Card (EHIC), which covers you for most medical care.

    Pharmacies and opticians

    There are plenty of pharmacies in Ireland, and they’re a good first stop for travellers seeking medical advice or a local referral. Most towns have one or two pharmacies and urban areas have many. Pharmacies generally operate from 9am to 6pm Monday to Saturday, but many pharmacies in urban areas open late and on weekends.

    If you wear glasses or contact lenses, bring a spare pair with you and don’t forget your optical prescription – just in case.